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Can an international student studying in the USA with CPT part-time work authorization, work remotely for a firm in the UK? It is possible or one needs the UK work visa as well? If the UK firm offers fulltime remote work, can one take it?

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Generally, F1 students can only work in certain situations:

  • on-campus - foreign remote work is obviously not on-campus
  • on OPT - in this case you would have an EAD, and can work for anyone full-time as long as it's in your field
  • on CPT - for this you can only work for a specific company, and I don't think they would designate remote work for this
  • if you get an EAD for economic hardship - in this case you can work for anyone full-time

I am assuming you don't have an EAD and this is not CPT, in which case, you can only work on-campus, so I would say the answer to your question is no, you cannot work remotely for this company while in F1 status in the US.

  • Sorry, I should have mentioned it as CPT (part-time) work authorization. So even if CPT, remote work would not be designated for it? And the final option is called pre-OPT I believe. But I've been told in pre-OPT one could only work part-time? – Rajesh Mappu Dec 9 '17 at 6:51
  • Can a student request for full-time Pre-OPT if the student has only Thesis defense pending? – Rajesh Mappu Dec 9 '17 at 6:52
  • Edited the question with CPT now. – Rajesh Mappu Dec 9 '17 at 7:04
  • @RajeshThevar: For CPT I believe you applied to the school for CPT with an offer letter from a given employer, so if you did that with a local employer, I don't think you can change it to another employer. I am not sure whether a school will accept CPT for a foreign employer you are planning to do remote work for. – user102008 Dec 10 '17 at 16:19

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